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Fox's "Minnie Jem" exhibition featured at HACC, Lancaster

Marilyn Fox, Director of the Penn State Berks Freyberger Gallery, will be featured in an art show from October 4-November 4, 2010 in the Art Space in the East Building on the Lancaster Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. An artist's reception is scheduled on Wednesday, October 6, at 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The exhibit, "Marilyn and Minnie Jem, with its collection of paintings and three-dimensional creatures, engages Fox's alter ego, Minnie Jem, as a way to identify the duality of her work. Minnie Jem allows Fox to step outside her expressionist style and follow an eclectic path, creating unique creatures with the random items she has collected.

The Kutztown University graduate's background is in the expressionist tradition, painting still lifes, abstracts, and landscapes. At other times, Fox's art is material-driven and she scours flea markets, yard sales, and even dumpsters for objects that she can reinvent into one of the creatures.

"This is where Minnie Jem emerges. It's Minnie Jem who keeps bringing the found objects back to the studio," explains Fox. "I had trouble explaining the difference between my painting and my crazy creatures, so I had to invent Minnie Jem."

In addition, works dealing with the artist's experience with her mother's Alzheimer's disease and death are included in the exhibition. Last spring, Fox hosted an exhibit in her Kutztown studio to raise funds for the Reading Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Art Space hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m and Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Tracy Mendoza, Coordinator of Media Relations at Harrisburg Area Community College, at 717-221-1300, ext. 1556 or via e-mail at tjmendoz@hacc.edu; or contact Marilyn Fox at 610-698-2519.
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